Bulgaria - Belgium 62-82 Belgium beat the hosts of the U20 European Championship in Division B. Belgium surprised Bulgaria 82:62 in the start of the Second Stage. Belgium looked better in the first period and grabbed 22:20 lead. Thanks to more than 700 fans Bulgaria bounced back with 17-12 in the second period and took 37:34 at the halftime. Belgium however proved their ambitions in the second half. They won the third period 18-12 and added 30-13 in the last stanza. Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) and Steinbach led the way with 19 points each, while Schwartz netted 17. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) collected 10 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 11 points and Simeonov as well as Dimitrov had 10 points each. Tenchev and Boyanov poured in 9 points apiece.
Israel - Poland 76-73 Israel beat Poland and tied all the records in Group E at 1-1. Israel grabbed a narrow 76:73 victory as four teams in the group will play for the top place in the next games. Both teams nailed 22 points each in the first period and then Poland managed to grab 1-point lead at the halftime. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) made a dunk and after Or Solomon (197-F-93) sent the teams to the lockers at 39:38 Polish lead. The third quarter was decisive in the game and brought 22-12 for the Israeli team. Blayzer nailed three and then added a free throw for 60:51 advantage. No matter how hard the Polish team tried to tie the game they could reduce only to 2 points. Later Altit and Karnowski exchanged for the final result. Dawson top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Or Solomon netted 17. Bar Timor (191-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) posted 15, while Guy Lavie (188-PG-92, agency: Ronsport) chipped in with 11. Karnowski finished the game with 19 points in the losing effort, while Mateusz Ponitka and Michalak added 15 apiece.
Croatia - Czech Republic 67-92 Czech Republic easily rolled over Croatia in the start of the Second Stage at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Czech Republic improved to 2-0 record in Group F after 92:67 win. Czech Republic erupted with 26:8 after the first period and added massive 30-8 in the second frame. They did not care a lot about the second half and as a result Croatia won both quarters. At first Croatia won the third period 21-19 and then finished the game with 29-17 in the last period. It was enough however to reduce to 25 points. Vaclav Honomichl (189-G-92) nailed the last 7 points for the winners to seal a 92:67 victory. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Balvin added 19 points and 10 boards. Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) scored 19, whilst Sotnar and Vaclav Honomichl posted 11 each. Krstanovic delivered 19 points in defeat, while Sirko scored 16. Rogic notched 13 and Vukovic nailed 7.
United Kingdom - Finland 64-67 Finland open Day 6 successfully at the U20 European Championship. The Finnish side beat Great Britain 67:64 in the start of the Second Stage. Finland started with 20:18 in the first period, but the team from Great Britain bounced back with 19-13 in the second frame as they grabbed 37:33 halftime advantage. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) increased the lead at 41:33, but his team could not win. Seppala and Dolenc reduced to 55:53 and Finland kept the opponents scoreless for about 10 minutes. Aleksi Akpaso (192-SG-92) and Kopio closed the game from the free throw line for the narrow win. Alex Murphy (203-F-93) paced all the winners with 14 points and Caven netted 13. Aleksi Akpaso delivered 12, while Kopio added 9. Fraser ended up with 21 points in the losing effort. Devon Van Oostrum posted 20, while Sayers had 7.
FYR Macedonia - Slovakia 60-80 Slovak Republic tastes the initial win in Sofia at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame F.Y.R. of Macedonia 80:60 at the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place. Slovak Republic had nothing to lose and started with 21:18 in the first period. They added 18-10 in the second frame and never looked behind after. F.Y.R. of Macedonia replied with 21-19 in the third quarter but could not match the opponents in the last stanza. Slovak Republic finished the game with 22-11 in the last to win the campaign. Moravek top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Galata collected 16 points and 11 boards. Peter Kancir (187-G-92) nailed 13 and Luley had 12. Stajic ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Krstevski as well as Markovski had 10 each. Aleksandar Kostadinov (200-PF-93) followed them with 8 points in a loss.
Austria - Luxembourg 108-64 Austria takes 2-0 in Group G of the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place in Division B. The Austrian side celebrated a 108:64 victory over Luxembourg. Austria won the opening tip 8:0 and Daniel Friedrich (182-PG-92) scored for 14:2. Mair and Bellwald closed the first period at 26:18, while Gvozden drove a lay-up for 32:18. Later Kutschera and Hopfgartner sent the teams to the lockers at 51:35. Austrai played even better in the second half and produced two victories. They won the third period 29-11 and finished the game with 28-18 in the last stanza. Daniel Friedrich paced all the winners with 21 points, while Kramer collected 20 points and 14 boards. Erwin Zulic (200-F-92) nailed 16 and Hopfgartner had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Luc Breuskin (186-F-92) ended up with 14 points in defeat, while Tom Welter (186-G-93) scored 11.
Denmark - Switzerland 78-47 Denmark destroy the Swiss side in Sofia at the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place. The Danish side did not have any difficulties reaching 78:47 win at the U20 European Championship. Denmark improved to 2-1 record, while Switzerland is with 1-1 record. Denmark won all the quarters in the game and easily started with 27-16 in the first period. They added 19-9 in the second quarter to take 46:25 after Soren Dossing (185-G-92)'s three-pointer. Denmark produced a 19-13 surge in the third period and finished the game with 13-9 in the last stanza. Soren Dossing and Olsen top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Levene notched 10, while Alexander Birketoft (202-C-93) added 9. Savoy ended up with 9 points in the losing effort, while Jules Stalder (190-SG-93) and Bozovic scored 8 each.
Hungary - Belarus 60-70 Belarus won over Hungary in Division B of the U20 European Championship. The team improved to 1-2 record after 70:60 victory at the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place. It was Hungary that started with 18:15 in the first period. Both teams nailed another 15 points in the second frame for 3-point advantage at the halftime. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) tied the game at 34:34 and he closed a run at 45:L36 midway through the third quarter. Suhaniaka made a free throw to close the third quarter at 50:43. Belrus led 17 points in the middle of the last stanza but satisfied with 10. Kovacs and Krisztian Tursics (185-G-92) reduced to 70:60 that was the final result in the game. Vitali Liutych top-scored for the winners with 25 points, while Anton Papruha (190-PG-93) nailed 12. Aheyenka followed them with 11 points in a win. Meszaros produced 14 points in the losing case and Kovacs added 8.
FINAL Lithuania - Spain 55-68 Spain celebrated the title in Helsinki. They overcame Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Marc Garcia (199-SF-96) came up with 21 points to lead the champions. Spain broke away in the second frame. They established a 40:32 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic team pulled within 6 points at the final intermission. Spain however triggered a 16:9 rally in the fourth stanza and marched to the victory. Ramon Vila tal... [read more]
Lithuania - Spain 55-68 Spain celebrated the title in Helsinki. They overcame Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Marc Garcia (199-SF-96) came up with 21 points to lead the champions. Spain broke away in the second frame. They established a 40:32 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic team pulled within 6 points at the final intermission. Spain however triggered a 16:9 rally in the fourth stanza and marched to the victory. Ramon Vila tallied 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Ignas Fiodorovas (196-SG-96) responded with 13 points for Lithuania. Kristupas Zemaitis (191-G-96) had 11 points in the defeat.
Turkey - Germany 76-61 Turkey outscored Germany to clinch the Bronze medals in Helsinki. Berk Ugurlu (191-PG-96) delivered 17 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds for the winning side. Germany eked out a 36:34 halftime lead. They arrived at the final intermission up by two points. But Turkey picked up the tempo in the fourth frame. They went on a 29:12 surge in the final quarter and sealed the victory. Mert Cevik (200-G/F-96) notched 16 points for the winners. Andreas Obst (192-SG-96, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 11 points for Germany.
Italy - Latvia 86-79 Italy finished fifth in Helsinki. They wrapped up their campaign with a narrow win over Latvia. Diego Flaccadori (194-PG-96) delivered 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the Azzurri. Italy eked out a 43:42 halftime lead. They went on a 29:13 run in the third term to clear off for good. Leonardo Candi (190-PG-97) chipped in 11 points for the winners. Davis Gutmanis (195-F-97) responded with 17 points for Latvia.
Czech Republic - Ukraine 105-103 Czech Republic survived a determined comeback rally from Ukraine in the fourth quarter to secure a tough victory in their final game in Helsinki. Simon Pursl (200-F/G-97) delivered 29 points to lead the Czech team to the 7th position. Czech Republic drained 32 points in the second quarter to take an 8-point halftime lead. Czech Republic sank 29 points in the third term to secure an 11-point lead at the final intermission. Ukraine drilled 27 points in the fourth stanza but came up short of victory. Martin Roub (203-C-97) had 17 points for the winners. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (203-SG-97) answered with 21 points for Ukraine.
Slovenia - Sweden 82-77 Slovenia claimed the ninth position in Helsinki. Sandi Grubelic (190-PG-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) posted 17 points to lead the winners. Slovenia accumulated a 38:33 halftime lead. Sweden pulled within a single point at the final intermission. Slovenia poured in 28 points in the fourth frame to celebrate the victory. Urban Durnik (201-PF-97) had 16 points for the winners. Anton Kobylak-Berglund (200-G-96) answered with 21 points for Sweden.
Serbia - Israel 88-60 Serbia finished their campaign in Helsinki on a high note. They cruised past Israel to earn the 11th position. Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97, agency: BeoBasket), Stefan Lazarevic (197-SG-96) and Stefan Simic (195-F/G-96, agency: BeoBasket) scored 14 points each for the winners. Serbia jumped to a 44:25 halftime lead. They kept Israel at bay throughout the second half and raced to the win. Orr Leumi responded with 20 points for Israel.
France - Belgium 79-70 France outgunned Belgium to avoid relegation. Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (202-SF-96, agency: Comsport) posted 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead les Bleues. Belgium eked out a 40:39 halftime lead. France sank 22 points in the third term to spur ahead. They limited Belgium to just 11 points in the fourth quarter and marched to the win. Elie Okobo (188-SG-97) had 18 points for the winners. Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (184-PG-96) responded with 20 points for Belgium.
Finland - Hungary 91-70 Finland breezed past Hungary for the 15th position at the championship. Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97) posted 26 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Finland jumped to a 50:32 halftime lead. They followed with a 24:19 run in the third term to clear off for good. Joonas Tahvanainen (198-F-96) had 23 points for the Finnish team. Geza Andrassy (197-F-96) responded with 11 points for Hungary.
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